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San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges
San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges left us speechless! From the moment we checked in till the moment we checked out, we were in awe. Even at the moment I was editing those photos, this place was giving me goosebumps. I am not good at finding the right words to describe such an amazing life experience. As usual, I will let the the photos do the talking! Enjoy!

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

The first day we were there, it rained. The rain made the scenery even more magical. 

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

It’s nice to know that a place like this exist!

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

In the midst of private forests and fields, surrounded by wooden chalets and treehouses, I learnt to listen to the silence!

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

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South Tyrol best retreat hotel

South Tyrol best retreat hotel

South Tyrol best retreat hotel

Here it doesn’t feel like you are staying in a hotel. It feels like you stay in a small exclusive village and you are happy to meet your neighbors for lunch and dinner. Breakfast is served in your chalet.

I’d like to thank wholeheartedly San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges for the invitation and for all the pampering! Thank you for creating this sanctuary for all of us to enjoy!  It’s literally one of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed. I want to stay positive and believe that it won’t take me long time to return!

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The Viennese Girl 2016 Calendar

The Viennese Girl 2016 Calendar

The Viennese Girl 2016 Calendar
 

In collaboration with The Bee Design Studio

As we come to the end of the year, I have a little Xmas present for you. The Bee design studio created a 2016 calendar for The Viennese Girl blog using my Vienna photos. I am so happy to be able to offer this 2016 Calendar to you as a token of appreciation for the love and support you showed me throughout this year.

It’s weird for me (weird in a nice way) to see my photos being part of something else, in this case, a calendar, and for that I am grateful to Laura from The Bee Design Studio who had this idea and made it happen. I suggest you have a look at her website for lovely inspirational graphic design.

You can download The Viennese Girl 2016 Calendar here CALENDAR 2016

Bikinis and bows

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One day a friend of mine in Athens gave me a link with some images and asked me to help her decide which swimsuit she should buy for the summer. She was kind of indecisive. I looked at all the swimsuits carefully and I told her my opinion. I liked them all a lot but I had to choose one and this is how I got to know Madame Shou Shou.

How was the world of Madame Shou Shou born?
The Madame Shou Shou world was born in 2011 with a lot of laughter, good vibes & plenty of love to give.

Why did you decide to call your brand Madame Shou Shou? Is there any special story behind this that you would like to share with us?
When I was young, I played with my older sister and we were always causing trouble so our grandmother would call us madame shoushou. The name got stock in my head for years, so when I created my second brand of clothing it seemed like the perfect fit.

What makes the brand Madame Shou Shou successful?
The brand’s characteristic is definitely the bow symbol which for me represents something very girly, romantic, cute, and feminine, but for this Spring/Summer 2014 collection I tried giving the aesthetic of a bow without actually using so many bows. We even had a T-shirt  with the motto no more bows on it. The most characteristic items are definitely our bikinis.

Did somebody help and support you at the beginning to make the Madame Shou Shou brand possible?
I always had the love for fabrics and design. But my mother who owns a store in the suburbs of Athens also played a big role for me. I love exploring new designs. It always gives me a state of bliss.

Where are your collections made and why?
All of our collections are 100% made in Greece from the inspiration to fabric to the actual creation of the clothes.
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Let´s say that I just finished my studies as a fashion designer in a fashion school. What are the next steps? What would you advise me to do? Are there any traps that I should avoid?
The advice I try giving to new designers who are trying to succeed in the fashion industry is to never lose their love and what makes them unique, don’t stop after the first negative comment you hear because the world is a tough critic. The most important thing is to never stop the research. Trying to succeed is like completing the second Fashion diploma.

Where can we find your collection? Do you have an online shop?
We do have our own online store which has some items available. We also collaborate with many stores in Greece but also in Germany, Finland, Italy, Dubai, Spain, Cyprus, and many more.

If you hadn’t made the Madame Shou Shou brand, could you imagine doing anything else?
I couldn’t imagine myself to be doing something else. I feel very blessed to be able to work on my dream.

What is life like in a big city like Athens? What are the positives and negatives and what things would you like see changed?
Athens is a very beautiful city, it combines everything since its a city with a great everyday life, which is surrounded by beautiful beaches and islands.

Which is your life motto?
“One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day”

Photos of the collection s/s14: Ioanna Roufopoulou

 

 

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